Shedding Fish??!!????

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do bettas shed their old skin to grow like how snakes do cause my sisters betta - Calamarrie -  started shedding his skin one day and then the next day it was gone.......   any one know what's up?  Miley
 
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the day we noticed it he looked like a snake when it sheds it skin ya know? and the next day his scales and body were just fine and he wasn't "shedding" any more. it was really weird. Miley
 

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Here I found this on Google. I hope it helps.
This doesn't sound normal and it has a lot to do with the conditions the fish is in.
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that's what it looked like - like sun burned skin peeling - only there was no peeling on the bootom of the tank and like hes fine now? so I have no idea what it was or any thing but ya that site helped thanks Miley
 

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Natalie,

I hope you do not mind I just changed the link to a url so it could be used to sign in to the site.

I thoroughly agree, I believe the slime coat was what was shed and the fish is in danger of getting an infection or fungal condition. He could LOOK ok but that does not mean that he still has a slime coat to protect him.  He could be totally without his main system of defense.  If he does not develop another slime coat soon he will probably develop an infection and die.  He NEEDS to go into a good environment to keep healthy.  It is really too bad that your sister does not want to listen to you, I am so afraid her betta is going to pay with his life.

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I know - I wish she wouldn't be so stuborn! like I know my fish is in a bad conndition too cause of his tank size but ( I think you'd agree) I take very good care of him like I feed him and clean his tank by a 50% water change every day and give him new toys - like today about 30 minutes again I did a water change and added a cave toy for him and hes been swimming laps around it and playing and Calamarrie is just sitting there in coolish water mines temp right now is about 82-86 degrees farenheit and 28 - 30 degrees celsiuc and hers is 75- 78 degrees farenhiet and 24 - 26 celsius! hes just sitting there down on the ground by the bridge. and she does full water changes and does them like once or twice A WEEK! I did it once and just about threw up all over cause it smelt so bad and there was like moldy looking stuff floating at the top :-X its sick! also our declhorinator has a slime coat stuff built into it so I think hes got it back maybe???????? .... Miley
 

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No, I don't mind Rose. I was just looking around for articles that may have been about Betta's with shedding skin and I just cut and pasted it to the post.

Miley, you really should try to convince your sister to take better care of her Betta. Has she joined Fishlore. If not maybe try to get her to join the site so she can learn about them. I know that there is only so much you can do to convince her, but if she really cares about her fish like you do then she needs to be more open to suggestions then she is. You are doing a wonderful job caring for your Betta and never feel like you are asking to many questions and never think a question is stupid because you can never ask too many questions when you are just learning about something, nor is there ever a question that is stupid.
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yes sadly she has joined - shes kay12 - and she never has gone on - the only time she writes something - is me! I have stopped going on there for her so if one of you moderators wants to delete Kay12 - go ahead! I don't think she'll ever use it shes too stuborn and lazy - she cares more about sims 2 than calamarrie! and she'll yell at me if I try to do something nice for calamarrie. its mean and poor cal. I am thinking of asking her if I can have calamarrie but she'd never let me and my mom and dad would be mad at me for asking since I have Oscar - oh I hasve good news too! when I move I am getting three new tanks - one for oscar - one for another betta and a tank thing for a hermit crab1!!!!! I can't wait! and then thatm leads me to ask this now - can those african frog things that live underwater at walmart live in a 1.5 - sorry I know this really does go with bettas but just figured I should ask while we are on the subject ya know? thnx, Miley
 

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They can, but I again I wouldn't recommend it. They too need to live in warm water with a filte,r heater, and airstone, just like a betta. They are tinny little frogs who like a betta go to the top for a breath. They are very cute and fairly easy to care for as long as they are in the proper tank size and conditions and given the proper food. I was considering getting them before I decided to get the oto cats, but decided on the otto cat's instead. Natalie
 
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ok - do they go with bettas? cause I am getting two more tanks - 5 gal and getting another betta and a tank thing for a hermit crab. could I put a froggie with my current betta - Oscar - or would oscar hurt him? Miley
 

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If you want, but not right now. Once you get your 5 gallon tank and it's been through the cycle I would get the frogs first. You can get up to 2 and then once they get aquainted with the new tank and are ok then you can add Oscar. Betta's are very territorial and if you were to add oscar first and then the frogs you can have a problem on your hands. Keep a close eye on them anyway though. The frogs will most likely stay out of his way.They like to hide a lot, so make sure you have a lot of hide aways. Be Tsure to have the right kind of food for them too. I would do some research on them before you get them. When you get them make sure they are the right kind. Make sure they are African dwarf frogsnand not african clawed frogs. the clawed frogs are bigger and more aggresive.The way you can tell the difference when they are tiny is the african dwarf frogs have webbed feet. The clawed frogs don't and have claws. I hope this helped a little. Natalie
 
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yeah my sisters had an african clawed frog and it bit off all the goldfishes tails and they died then they had it in a 5 gal pickle jar and it would attack anything and tried to jump at the glass to bite us - we named it El Diablo - ( very fitting name for him ) he was about 4 inches long too! and had red eyes and black claws and when the got him he was an inch long and had black eyes and no claws. I like the african dwarf frogs though - I almost got on once - they are adorable! I think I will just get my bigger tank and my three more bettas and hermit crab. thnx though and I may get them - Miley
 

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African frogs are cool. 8) I want to get one and put it in with Freckles and Speedy in the 10 gallon. I also want to get a group of 6 neon tetras. (sigh) I'm afraid that wil be overcrowding my tank though.

CherryRose
 

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